The world of football punditry has been rocked by the news that two of its most prominent voices will not be appearing on tomorrow’s episode of Match of the Day.
Both Alan Shearer and Ian Wright have announced that they will not be taking part in tomorrow’s broadcast, this comes after Gary Lineker announced he is stepping down from the show, it remains unclear how long this is for but the whole footballing world is in shock.
In a tweet posted on his official Twitter account, Shearer stated: “I have informed the BBC that I won’t be appearing on MOTD tomorrow night.” This was soon followed by a similar announcement from Ian Wright, who also tweeted that he would not be appearing on the show.
I have informed the BBC that I won’t be appearing on MOTD tomorrow night.— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) March 10, 2023
n response to the backlash, Lineker initially defended his comments, saying that he was simply expressing his opinion and that he stood by what he had said.
However, a few days later, he announced that he would be stepping back from his role on Match of the Day. In a statement, Lineker said that he did not want his comments on immigration to become a distraction from the show and that he wanted to ensure that the focus remained on football.
Lineker’s decision to step back from his role on Match of the Day sparked a heated debate in the UK about the role of celebrities in politics and the media.
Some argued that Lineker had every right to express his opinions on social issues, while others accused him of using his platform to promote a partisan agenda. Regardless of the merits of either argument, it is clear that Lineker’s comments on immigration sparked a wider debate about a highly controversial and divisive issue.